For this month’s “Meet the Pro” interview we are thrilled to introduce you to the delightful Sophia van der Harst of The Poekie Nook. “Poekie” (which rhymes with “spooky”) is an affectionate name that Dutch mothers call their babies. Sophia’s Poekies are made with fleece fabric, and lovingly brought to life with charming details, Poly-Pellets, and Poly-Fil. The Poekie Nook is a one-woman business, and her creations have brought the joy of handmade to thousands all over the globe.
Born and raised in a small village in Holland, amidst a bustling artistic family, Sophia learned most of her creative skills at a young age. Since 1992, she’s been teaching hand-sewing and beading to children in Mill Valley, California.
Twenty-two years and around twenty-thousand kids later, she opened her own place, Poekie Nook, in March 2014.
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When I will become a grandma I will order Poekies inmediately!
Sounds like a great love filled idea.
I have known this lovely woman since I was 9 years old (I am now 18). I still have every single poekie I have ever made and I have never had the heart to even put them in a cupboard for more than a couple days at a time. Sophia taught me more then just the techniques of sewing and beading, she taught me the importance of friendship and the importance of love. I was the first person to recieve a poekie kit so that I could make my own poekies at home. It was sent to me from California as I am Australian and had to move home in 2010. I have spent more hours then I can count with Sophia and I will never forget a moment of it. In my travels between Australia and the USA I would always worry that my old friends in the US would forget me but I never thought that Sophia would forget me because wherever Poekies can be found, I can find home.
I am yet to see the Poekie Nook as I have not returned to the US since 2010 but when I visit California I will be there on the first day.
What a sweet note. Thank you for sharing.
India, dear, I love you and still miss you! Glad your Poekies are still safe and cared for. I so hope to see you again one day as a grown-up woman. xoxo-sophia